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COURTS   OF   PARIS,    NAPLES,   ETC.                  59

June yth. We went to dine and sleep at the
Val. M. Gaillard Roy, the astronomer, and the
Duke de Chabot were there. We had a tremendous
storm of thunder and lightning; the latter, divided
and dispersed by the conductors, played about the
house like lambent meteors without points or sharp-

Accounts from Brittany state that a depu-
tation of four hundred gentlemen waited upon
M. de Thiers, requesting him to forward their
memorial to the King and their circular letter
to the Princes and the peers. He promised to do
so, but expostulated with them upon the illegality
of their assembling in such a manner, and expressed
how much the King would be offended by it. To
this they replied that when the English landed at
St. Cast they assembled in a similar manner and
had been thanked for doing so by His Majesty.
"That was a different case," said Thiers; "it was
against the enemies of your country." " The case
is the same now," they boldly answered.

The Count d'Artois says publicly, "C'est un
manoeuvre manqu<§—cela ne peut pas tenir—il faut
revenir sur ses pas." But the Queen and her ad-
visers will not give up the point.

The Bailli de Soissons, on refusing to accept,
sent to the Garde des Sceaux (Lamoignon) copies